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about 8 years ago

Help us, help millions.

A note from Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T

Thank you for participating in the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge. AT&T is proud to be partnering with NYU, our volunteer exemplars (Gus, Jason, Xian, and Paul), and you as we imagine, create, and evaluate new innovations that break down barriers to independence and self-expression for people with disabilities.

This competition is the first of its kind. You have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of 4 inspiring New Yorkers and over 50 million Americans living with a disability.

Something as natural as talking on the phone while walking down the street can be quite challenging when moving requires your full concentration and both hands. And finding your way through a building is no easy task when you can’t see where you’re going. Even negotiating a simple step can pose significant difficulties. These aren’t tiny annoyances, they are constant and everyday issues for people with disabilities.

We know there’s no one app that can fix everything, but with your help we’re confident that we can make a dent -- a big one. Working together, we believe that we can leverage familiar everyday cost-efficient wireless, wearable, and smartphone technologies to create solutions that will provide freedom and independence to our friends & family living with disabilities.

We’re so glad that you’ve joined us in this effort and we can’t wait to see what you’re working on. Help us, help millions.

Marissa Shorenstein
New York State President, AT&T


If you have any questions about the challenge, please send an email to and include “Connect Ability” in the subject line. Also, be sure to check out the challenge website for personal stories from the exemplars<> and technical briefs about the competition categories.